Summer Reading Festival
Acton High School’s Summer Reading Festival aims to inspire students to broaden their literary horizons. The date for the 2017 event will be announced on this page and on our Twitter feed (@ActonHigh) in Spring 2017.
Details of the 2015 and 2016 events are available below.
2016 Summer Reading Festival
The 2016 Summer Reading Festival took place between Monday 20th and Thursday 30th June 2016. The theme for the event was 'The Art of Reading', reflecting its focus on graphic and illustrated literature.
The Festival included a visit by author Faye Bird, 'Books at Break' sessions looking at Manga, Dr Seuss, Sydney Padua's Lovelace and Babbage, Marvel and DC comics and children's favourites, the Annual Book Quiz, creative sessions in which students developed their own comic characters and created illustrations around poems and fairy tales, and a debate that saw students arguing the relative merits of graphic and traditional novels.
2015 Summer Reading Festival
The 2015 Summer Reading Festival took place at the end of June and beginning of July.
Two Battle of the Books contests took place in year group assemblies. Year 7 students heard pitches in favour of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Travels with a Tangerine by Tim Mackintosh-Smith, voting overwhelmingly in favour of the Steinbeck classic. Year 8 students, meanwhile, chose Max Brooks’s World War Z over A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin.
Books at Break sessions focused on authors, topics and books including female writers, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Jules Verne’s adventure science fiction novels, poetry from around the world and sports biographies.
The Novel Challenge saw groups of Year 8 students creating multimedia responses to books they have been reading in class including Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Louis Sachar’s Holes and Virginia Euwer Wolff’s Make Lemonade. Responses included theatrical performance, a rap reinterpreting one of the works, artwork and poetry.
A lunchtime book quiz, meanwhile, saw teams of year 7 students representing their tutor groups answering rounds of questions on subjects including the works of Roald Dahl, diaries and diarists, myths and legends, and the Harry Potter books. It was won by a team of three students representing 7H.
The festival also saw budding writers taking part in collaborative writing workshops, students using their powers of detection to work out staff members’ favourite reads and the Learning Resources Centre selling off surplus book stock at bargain prices.
The fortnight also saw a team of Year 7 and 8 students competing in the final of the 2015 Ealing Readers’ Award event. The team secured third place in the award for Lara Williamson’s A Boy Called Hope.